“Why do we still let the Electoral College choose our president?”

9 Oct

Posted by: Cassie Dupont

The article, entitled “Why do we still let the Electoral College pick our president?” is about just what the title says.  The author of the article, Corrie Goldman, is determined to persuade readers of why the Electoral College is no longer an efficient way of determining the president of the United States.  He uses many different techniques and appeals to persuade the reader this opinion.  He goes on to explain what the Electoral College does and how it was created.  Goldman even states at one point that he believes even the Founding Fathers of The Constitution would want to see it changed.  Goldman’s opinion could have been bias because he may have just wanted to agree with the Stanford historian, Jack Rakove, whom he mentioned many times in his work.  He used Rakove’s opinion in many ways to appeal to the readers, which consisted of strong opposition to the Electoral College.  The audience that he appealed to is really anyone who is over eighteen.  He is talking about voting and the process of electing a president; since the voting age is eighteen, the main targeted audience would be politically involved individuals over eighteen. A second audience could be everyone else in America, though, because even if they aren’t politically involved or over eighteen they are still influenced on the voting process and by the president’s choices.  The voted president has control over everyone who lives in the United States, so essentially the audience could be the entire United States.  I could see this article contributing to my work because it has to do with a large part of the way a president is elected.  My topic has to do with the process of presidential elections and the Electoral College is basically the way that a president is elected, so this could be a big part in my paper.  It could also be a helpful contribution to my paper because it would be nice to use a Stanford historians opinion as an example to support this argument.

Link to article: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/august/rakove-electoral-college-082012.html

MLA Citation:

Goldman, Corrie. “Why Do We Still Let the Electoral College Pick Our President?”Stanford University. Stanford Report, 20 Aug. 2012. Web. 08 Oct. 2012.


3 Responses to ““Why do we still let the Electoral College choose our president?””

  1. xidascm October 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I thought you did a try nice job summarizing the article and showing where the bias comes from. This is a very interesting topic and it is interesting how the author said he thinks that the founding fathers wouldn’t even approve of the electoral college, which is a bold statement. You answered most of the questions so good job!

  2. hesssn October 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Good job with this article nad summarizing it. Maybe do a little more analysis but you have really good reasons to how it would contribute to your paper. I think that it is really interesting to see the opinions of why people want to change the political system. It is also good that the author of this article is educated and can support his opinion. Good job!

  3. ckalnasy17 October 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    This post looks good, although I feel like you left out a lot about talking about bias. There appears to be a lot of bias and only one side given in the argument. I think that there should be a smaller audience than everyone in America, maybe active voters, because they are the ones that vote and the way that the president is elected is big for them. People that don’t vote aren’t affected by the way that the president is elected very much since they do not vote.

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